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Important Steps for a Healthy Lawn

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Have you recently moved into a house with a yard? Are you trying to figure out how to care for your lawn to make it look as nice as possible? Lawn care can be a challenging, but it is nice to watch all of your hard work pay off. Fortunately, there are things you can do that will make your new task easier. Some of these things include the following.  Read More»

4 Things You May Need To Specify When Having Your Home Professionally Cleaned

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If you are planning to have your home professionally cleaned on a regular basis, the janitorial staff that will clean your home may need to special instructions in order to provide service that meets your needs. Here are a few things that you may need to specify: Allergies to Household Cleaners If you or your family members are allergic to certain cleaning agents, you will need to inform the cleaning staff before the first cleaning appointment. Read More»

Adding An Etched Design To Your Glass Railing Panels

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If you have railings complete with glass panels bordering each side of a staircase in your home, you are most likely enjoying the modern appearance it gives to the area. One way to increase the majestic look glass railing panels give to a room is with the addition of etched designs. Adding etching to glass will instantly personalize the staircase with a great new look. Here are some instructions to follow when adding etched design work to glass railing panels on your own. Read More»

Responding To A Cave Cricket Infestation In Your Basement

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If you have a basement or a crawl space, you may have already come face to face with what might be the most monstrous-looking pest of all: the cave cricket. Also known as camel crickets, these alarming creatures are large, spiky and prone to jumping wildly when threatened. Although they are mostly harmless, cave crickets can still give you a shock every time you see one, cause noise at night, and indicate dampness problems in your basement or other space. Read More»

3 Subtle Signs That Your Older Home's Foundation May Be Leaking

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If you own an older home, you may worry that the foundation could have damage inside that you are unable to see. If so, look for the following subtle signs that this could be the case. White Powder Has Formed On The Basement Walls While standing in your basement, look carefully at the walls using a flashlight to fully illuminate the surfaces. Look for a white, powdery substance, which is called efflorescence. Read More»

Custom Picture Frame Design Tips

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The true essence and beauty of artwork is best revealed when the piece is paired with the appropriate frame. An incorrect frame style or even size can actually inhibit the full potential of a piece. Before choosing a custom frame option, make sure you know what to consider. Think Opposites Try to stick with a frame style that is opposite the style of the piece. Take a cluttered or busy piece, for example. Read More»

Landscaping Tips For Wildfire-Prone Areas

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Living in a remote area surrounded by forests may be romantic, but it’s a disaster waiting to happen if wildfire strikes. To protect your home, there are certain landscaping features you should consider. Install Hardscaping An area of non-flammable materials should be your first zone of defense around your home. From your foundation out to a few yards away should be covered with concrete, flagstone, pavers or gravel, which will stop a grass fire in its tracks. Read More»

Granite Countertops: Proper Maintenance And Care

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Granite countertops are beautiful, durable, and come in a wide assortment of colors and styles to coordinate with any kitchen. If you are thinking about getting granite countertops installed or if you already have them, there are some things you can do to prolong your counter’s beauty. Follow these tips to ensure that you enjoy your investment for a long time to come. Daily Care Just like any other material in your kitchen, you’ll need to clean up any spills from your granite counters as soon as possible. Read More»

Summer Heat: Cognitive Functions May Be Affected By A Faulty Air Conditioner

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You may want to hold off fixing your air conditioning system because you think you can do without it for awhile. But the truth is living without your air conditioning system during seasons of extreme heat is not a good idea. The following are just a few ways that heat and a malfunctioning air conditioner can hurt you and your family. Your Overall Mood Might Be Affected Staying in a hot home with a high level of humidity might affect your mood. Read More»

Burning Through Heating Oil Too Quickly? What Type Of Insulation Is Best?

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With the price of heating oil at a new low, you may be enjoying a brief reprieve from your ordinary winter utility rates. However, what goes down must go up again – and if you’ve found that your supply of heating oil seems to be going down more quickly than in past years, it’s possible your home’s insulation has begun to near the end of its lifespan. Read on to learn more about some of the most efficient (and cost-effective) insulation options that can help you significantly extend the lifespan of each tank of heating oil. Read More»